Review: Microsoft Lumia 550 vs 540 Dual SIM vs 535 Dual SIM

Microsoft is truly into smartphones these days. After launching the best Windows 10 phone (Lumia 950 and 950 XL) ever, the company has announced the new budget handset with Window 10 operating system on board named, Lumia 550. The handset was recently released in UK for the price of €139 which could be around ₹11,000 when converted into Indian rupees. Though the exact price in India and USA has not yet been announced officially.

 

Let’s see if this new Lumia 550 when compared with its predecessors Lumia 540 Dual SIM and 535 Dual SIM is better or is another doomed Windows phone.

 

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Microsoft presents Lumia 550 with their new flick, Windows 10 operating system installed on the chipset, while the other two predecessors came into market with Windows Phone 8.1 Denim on board.

 

Though Lumia 550 has 4.7 inch screen which is smaller than the two other old brothers with 5 inch screens, it looks little thicker than those predecessors. The Lumia 540 and Lumia 535 are 8.6cm and 8.8cm thinner respectively where as Lumia 550 is 9.9cm thicker.

 

The Lumia 550 is continued with the same 720p HD display that we can see on Lumia 540 too where as 535 has only 540p qHD screen. I see no upgrade in this aspect but 720p screen for a budget phone is convincing as per todays specifications for smartphones.

 

The disappointing thing about Lumia 550 is its camera. It comes with 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera which is totally discouraging to buy this handset. There is no need to talk about the LED flash as all the three devices have it undoubtedly.

 

All the three devices comes with 8GB internal memory but it could have been 16GB on Lumia 550. The memory on 550 can be expandable up to 200GB through microSD card where as it is limited to 128GB on both the other devices. The noticeable thing is, Microsoft is the first company to introduce 128GB expandability to the smartphones. The allowance of 128GB on budget phones cannot be pushed out from being considered as one of the pros. Memory expandability wise, Lumia 550 gets the best.

 

The Lumia 550 is a 4G device. The mobile networks have been upgraded to 4G by now even in the countries like India. So, it is definitely a plus for Lumia 550 when compared with the other two comparatives.

 

Operating system on the new Lumia 550 is the best Windows operating system that Microsoft has ever made. It is fast, energy efficient and its processing capability is smooth and efficient. Though having 2100mAh battery, Lumia 550 can standby 28 days (not literally) compared to that of Lumia 540 Dual SIM with 2200mAh battery and Windows Phone 8.1 OS on board.

 

Coming to the processing power, Lumia 550 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 Quad Core processor clocking at 1100MHz supported by 1GB RAM. The processor is an upgrade compared to Lumia 540 and Lumia 535s Snapdragon 200 Quad Core. We could expect some better processing capability for Lumia 550.

 

Lumia 550 supports Nano SIM. It cannot be taken as an upgrade but is futuristic, as many other smartphones are upgrading their slots to support Nano SIMs these days. It also gets an upgrade to Bluetooth from 4.0 to 4.1. It supports 850 MHz Band 5 WCDMA network along with the 2100 MHz Band 1 and 900 MHz Band 8 that the other two devices support. Other than these, it also support 4G LTE bands as the device is a 4G compatible.

 

Groove Music from Windows 10 adds up to the MixRadio as a music software feature on Lumia 550. The HERE Maps and Bing Maps are replaced by Maps app in Windows 10. The package of this device comes with 90% recycled material made accessories.

 

Should you buy it?

I don’t see Microsoft Lumia 550 as a great budget phone. It is good with its little new upgrades and software features. But some features like camera, internal memory and battery disappoints me personally when compared to its predecessors, Lumia 540 and Lumia 535 Dual SIM versions.

 

If you want to own a budget friendly Windows 10 phone to sync up your work and files with your Windows 10 computer, Lumia 550 can be your option. Other than that, I don’t see it lucrative for its price point.

 

Feel free to share your thoughts about it in comments section below.

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Is Microsoft Lumia 950 The Best Windows 10 Phone Ever?

Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft has already said that their tech house is going to focus more on mobile phones after the launch of Windows 10. This might have led to the well crafting of the new Lumia 950 with flagship (Windows phone) specifications. This new power packed phone is available in market for $600 USD (off-contract price) with AT&T carrier.

 

Personally, the last Windows phone that grabbed my attention was Lumia 1020 with an amazing camera and specifications. Later, Lumia 1320 and 1520 were released, but with very larger screens. 5 inch phones are my cup of tea and so I never chose to taste a sip of them since then.

 

Microsoft, after releasing the their operating system of the era, has revealed its thoughts on growing mobile phone technologies and the need that they had realized in the years of evolution that they were missed to take part.

 

We will go through the full technical specifications in another review. For now, let’s see what the Lumia 950 device has got and if this is the best Windows 10 phone ever made.

 

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Image source: http://www.microsoft.com/en/mobile/phone/lumia950/

The Premium design

The Lumia 950 looks fabulous. Slim, sleek and silver touched body with matte finish back cover and concentric camera gives the device a premium look while in hand.

 

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Image source: http://www.microsoft.com/en/mobile/phone/lumia950/

Latest operating system

Lumia 950 comes up with the latest and the last operating system, Windows 10 from Microsoft corporation. If you are using Windows 10 on your PC and wanted a perfect sync with your smartphone, Lumia 950 fits well with no air fitting gap in between.

 

Windows 10 is already working great on supported devices including both the laptops and Lumia phones if we could be little more careful while installing it (on PCs I mean).

 

The hardware configuration

The 1080p displays are yesterday’s now. Lumia 950 has 2K Quad AMOLED HD display spread over 5.2 inch screen with 564 pixels per inch. Lumias tend to give hardware configurations a new definition with the very unique dimensions. The 2K display is one of such definitions it seems, with ClearBlack display and 24-bit/16M color support.

 

The super sensitive touch and 2K display would bring the digital information live in front of our eyes. Don’t you imagine how that experiences?

 

The smarty is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor which won’t slow down a beat while using with the good support of 3 GB RAM.

 

It comes with 32 GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 200 GB through microSD card. There again it creates new definition with the number ‘200’ which won’t be seen on any other smartphones actually.

 

Lumias has another great hardware, the camera(s). The Windows phones always loved the cameras as its users. With 20MP powerful camera along with triple-LED flash, the Microsoft Lumia 950 takes the photography to another level.

 

The new camera feature called, Rich Capture adjusts the color saturation levels of the bright and dark areas in the taken picture and lets the user remove or add the flash in the unwanted and wanted areas respectively. With this feature, we no need to worry about the shots taken at the random moment. Thanks to Microsoft for believing in moments that won’t come again once lost.

 

The camera can also record sharpest 4K video with seamless auto focusing system and optical image stabilization.

 

This Windows 10 phone comes with 3000mAh battery that could stand the phone by two complete days on moderate usage.

 

Special Features

Type-C Port – The new flagship port connectivity feature, Type-C port comes to Microsoft’s house. The Lumia 950 has this type-C port with fast charging technology enabled.

 

Rich Capture – The new photo capturing technology is a revolutionary adaption to Lumia 950. It helps to capture the moments right on time without worrying about the lightening conditions and focus.

 

Windows Hello Beta –  Wakes up the screen by simply looking at the screen directly. The infrared camera on the front automatically authenticates your face while looking into the screen directly and unlocks the phone for full accessing.

 

Microsoft Display Dock – Windows 10 on Microsoft Lumia 950 allows the user to use the phone as an external monitor by docking the phone to the Microsoft Display Dock and use it with external mouse and keyboard attached to it like a PC. With this feature enabled, you won’t feel like missing your PC/laptop at the times of emergency needs.

 

Is Microsoft Lumia 950 the best phone?

Don’t you still think it is? I liked the device and can’t wait to get my hands on it. The operating system makes the phone truly a flagship killer in not only Windows but also in all smartphones category.

 

It is available in stores from 20th November 2015 for the best price of $600 USD i.e., ₹40,000 in India. If you are planning to buy a premium Windows phone, that could be Lumia 950.

 

What do you think? Is Microsoft Lumia 950 the best Windows 10 phone ever made? Share you thoughts about it in comments below.

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Best Smartphones Under 10K Rupees Except Lenovo’s (July 2015)

The smartphones are getting smarter and some are only getting smarter virtually where the physical appearance and build quality is getting weaker. It seems like the mobile phone manufacturing companies merely focusing on the software and the chipset features rather than working on the build quality of the devices.

There won’t a best list out there without having the latest Lenovo’s budget handsets, A6000, A6000 Plus, A7000 and K3 Note. But, Lenovo phones lacked built quality overall. The weak plastic back covers and body material look and feel no so cooler than most other phones in the market.

In this article, we are going to take a look at those smartphones with better build quality than Lenovo’s. That’s why, it is named as ‘the non-Lenovo phone best smartphone list’. The following list is not ranked in the same order they are mentioned.

Honor 4C

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Huawei’s Honor 4C is a great device at the price range it is available for. It has Kirin Octa-Core 620 processor, 2 GB RAM, 8GB ROM, 5-inch 720P HD display with 13 and 5 MP cameras on the rear and front respectively.

Coming to its design, Honor 4C has a textured back cover and and metal bezel around the phone. It has the physical capacitive buttons on the front and the 5 inch screen looks endless on either sides which looks rather stylish than any of the Lenovo phones. The volume rocker and power buttons are placed on the comfortable position for the right-hand thumb. The device literally weights 162g including the battery.

Overall build quality of the device gives a premium look with its textured plastic covering to this compact phone. If Lenovo is not actually a choice, I’d go for Huawei Honor 4C for my budget under 10K INR.



Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM

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Lumia 640 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad-Core processor with supportive 1 GB RAM. It has 5-inch 720P display with Clear Black on LCD technology and have an internal memory of 8 GB. It can be expanded up to 128 GB through micro SD card.

If it is about build quality, Microsoft phones always stays in the top 3. If it is about build quality under certain budget, Microsoft Lumias are always on the top. The tech giant never compromises about build quality of the devices. They have got their own stylish way of designing the smartphones.

If you are not considering Lenovo brand as well as Android operating system for your budget of under 10K range, Microsoft Lumia 640 is the best alternative choice.



Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G

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Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4G is also a good device with great configuration under this budget. It comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Cortex-A7 64-bit processor supported by 2 GB RAM and 8 GB ROM along with 4G LTE support. It has fully laminated IPS HD 720P display with better color-temperature adjustment capacity.

Coming to the build quality, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G was build with glossy finished plastic material that looks good. The neat and clean design gives a decent impression on the first look itself. The metal buttons and premium finishing contributes to the good build quality of the device. It is a good budget choice under 10K INR.

Redmi Note 4G is the best different-brand alternative when it is not Lenovo at all.


YU Yureka Plus

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Yu Yureka Plus is the recently announced YU device which is open now for registration on Amazon. It comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 64-bit processor, supported by 2 GB DDR3 RAM and 5.5 inch 1080P Full HD display, Cyanogen Mod OS 12 and other Yureka features.

This device comes in two colors, moonstone gray and white with a physical button on the front that reminds us of the iPhone 6 Plus. the poly-carbonate non-fingerprint magnet back cover and poly-carbonate plastic body gives a premium look to the device. The white version looks more appealing than the moonstone gray this time. The build quality very good and touch though.

If you want to grab Yureka Plus for on the next flash sale, pre-register for the sale from this link (redirects to Amazon.in).

Conclusion

All the above smartphones are picked out based on their built quality. As this is not the specifications and performance review, I have listed out only those that comes with better build quality. If specifications and performance are also considered, Lenovo would have got top positions under best five.

Wish this helps you pick one under 10K INR budget.

Feel free to share your thoughts about my pick outs.
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BBM is now available on Windows Phone 8 and 8.1

BlackBerry has took late yet smart move by releasing BlackBerry messenger for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 today.

This famous messenger from BlackBerry was set free for other platforms from last year. We are well aware of the BBM release on Android and iOS platforms in last year.

It’s been a year nearly since BBM was introduced to outer platforms. Now, it looks at Windows Phone, yeah it is late but good to know that it is available on both the major platforms.

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This app is still available in beta for Windows Phone with no limited features. It have the features like chat, group chat and broadcast like the other versions had.

BBM is the highest-profile app for Windows phone store since the recent addition, Adobe Photoshop Express.

To download BBM on to your handsets, follow the links given below.
Download BBM for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1
Download BBM for Android
Download BBM for Apple iPhone
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Nokia Lumia 630 Full Technical Review: Everything is good but RAM sucks

Microsoft releases the first ever dual SIM windows phone, Lumia 630 into the market earlier this week. The phone is released in both single SIM and dual SIM versions with a price tag of Rs.10,500 and Rs.11,500 respectively. The device looks promising with 4.5 inch screen and 5MP camera along with the Nokia durability.

Nokia Lumia 630 continues its Lumia series flagship with this device also and so the phone is made available in radium Green, Yellow, Black and White colors.

The device looks great but the price looks aggressive when compared to the Moto E which was also released recently at the price of Rs.6,999 in India. Lumia 630 seems have got nothing new except the 4.5 inch screen and dual SIM feature. The price tag weighs more for its low rated specifications.
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Specifications Overview:

  • Windows Phone 8.1 OS
  • HD Recording
  • 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad Core Processor
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Smart Dual SIM (GSM+GSM)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 4.5-inch LCD Capacitive Touchscreen with IPS display
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 128 GB
  • 5 MP Primary Camera
  • Free Cloud Storage 7GB

Design

The conventional Lumia design is continued with the Lumia 630 and the back cover with glossy look like one Asha series had.
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The device comes in 9.2mm thickness, 66.7mm width and 129.5mm long dimensions that fits perfectly in the palm.
    • Dimensions
      • Height: 129.5 mm
      • Width: 66.7 mm
      • Thickness2: 9.2 mm
      • Weight: 134 g
    • Keys and Input Methods
      • User Input: Touch
      • Operating keys: Volume keys, Power/Lock key
    • Form factor
      • Form factor: Monoblock touch
The design is as impressive as the older Lumia phones.

Display

The 4.5 inch IPS LCD display with display resolution of 854x480 gives the crispy and brightest display of colors on the screen. IPS technology turn offs the dark pixels on the screen there by saving battery life on long backlit hours.
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  • Display and User Interface
    • Display size: 4.5 ''
    • Display resolution: FWVGA (854 x 480)
    • Display features: Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, Lumia Color profile, Wide viewing angle
    • Display colors: TrueColor (24-bit/16M)
    • Aspect ratio: 16:9
    • Pixel density: 221 ppi
    • Display technology: ClearBlack, IPS LCD
    • Touch screen technology: Capacitive Multipoint-Touch
    • Sensors: Accelerometer
Design Rating: Good

Performance

Processor

The Quad Core Snapdragon 400 processor servers tasks better and faster but of no use it seems when looked at the RAM specified with this device. Nokia Lumia 630 comes with 512 MB RAM which is lot less for the price range of devices that are entering into market this year.

RAM

The 1.2GHz processor may not give its best performance with the 512 RAM on multi-tasking. The device is equipped with Windows 8.1, the latest operating system of Windows phones.

Typing

This phone comes with the fast typing feature. You can actually type the word without lifting off your fingers from the screen. Windows 8.1 allows you to set a custom background of your own on the back of the tiles.
  • Processor name: Snapdragon 400
  • Processor type: Quad-core 1.2GHz
  • RAM: 512 MB

Playback Media

Lumia 630 can supports MP3, WMA, AAC, M4A, AMR, ASF audio and M4V, 3G2, 3GP, AVI, MP4, MOV, WMV, HD video formats. It has Integrated Hands-free Speakers, Noise Cancellation and Music Apps like Nokia MixRadio, Xbox Music, DRM Support: PlayReady, Album Graphics Display in Music Player, Cloud Music Offline Playback, Cloud Music Playback, Podcasts.

The conventional FM radio is a highlighted feature of this phone.

Performance Rating: Everything is Good but RAM sucks

Memory

Lumia 630 comes with 8GB internal storage and supported expandability of 128GB through MicroSD cards. This budget Lumia series phone claims to be giving free cloud storage of 7GB memory which is probably through the OneDrive application.
  • User data storage: In device, Memory card, OneDrive cloud storage, App and data storage on memory card
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Mass memory: 8 GB
  • Expandable memory card type: MicroSD
  • Maximum memory card size: 128 GB
  • Free cloud storage: 7 GB
The noticeable feature in Lumia 630 is that the apps and data can be directly stored into the external SD card. The so claimed new feature is already introduced in expensive Windows phone in the past.

Memory Rating: Good

Camera

Imaging

Nokia Lumia 630 only have a rear camera which can take shots up to 5MP. It is known  by the fact that the camera equipped in Lumia series has won the best already. The same saga continued in Lumia 630 also. The phone has the following camera features:

Auto Focus, Sensor Size: 1/4 inch, f/2.4 Aperture, Focal Length: 28 mm, Minimum Focus Range: 10 cm, Touch Focus, Landscape Orientation, Auto and Manual Exposure, Auto and Manual White Balance, Full Screen Viewfinder, Geo-tagging, Automatic Photo Upload to Web Services, Full Resolution Photo and Video Upload, Digital Camera Add-ons: Panorama Lens, Nokia Refocus, Bing Vision, Cinemagraph Lens, Nokia Camera, Nokia Glam Me, Photography Apps: Nokia Camera, Cinemagraph, Panorama, Nokia Storyteller, Nokia Refocus, Capture Modes, Scene Modes, White Balance Modes, Light Sensitivity, Video Zoom: 4x, Video White Balance Modes, Image Editor

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Video

It can record HD videos of 720x1280 resolution with 30 fps smoothness. The camera gives the overall satisfaction of having a Lumia series phone.

Connectivity

Nokia Lumia 630 got the following network connectivity features:
    • Connectivity
      • SIM card type: Micro SIM
      • Dual SIM: No
      • Charging connectors: Micro-USB
      • AV connectors: 3.5 mm audio connector
      • System connectors: Micro-USB-B
      • USB: USB 2.0
      • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
      • Bluetooth profiles: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2, Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) 1.1, Generic Attribute Profile (GATT), Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.4, Hands-free profile (HFP) 1.6, Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1
      • Wi-Fi: WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
      • Wi-Fi security modes: EAP-TTLS/MSCHAPv2, WPA, WEP, EAP-AKA, PEAP-MSCHAPv2, WPA2 (AES/TKIP), WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2-Personal, EAP-TLS, WPA-Enterprise, EAP-SIM, WPA-Personal
    • Data Network
      • WCDMA network: 900 MHz, 2100 MHz
      • WCDMA max data speed DL: HSDPA - 21.1 Mbps
      • WCDMA max data speed UL: HSUPA - 5.76 Mbps
      • GSM network: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz
      • GSM max data speed DL: EGPRS 296.0 kbps
      • GSM max data speed UL: EGPRS 236.8 kbps
Connectivity Rating: Good

Battery

Lumia 630 comes with 1830mAh battery with 16 hours of 2G talk-time and 13 hours of 3G talk-time. This is below the Nokia standards that the handsets used to had in the past.

Battery Rating: Average

Other Features

Call Memory Yes
SMS Memory Yes
Phone Book Memory Yes
Sensors Accelerometer
Additional Features
System Connectors: Micro-USB-B, Wi-Fi Security Modes, OneDrive Cloud Storage, Free Cloud Storage: 7 GB, Calculator, Clock, Calendar, Alarm, Reminders, To-do List, Family Room, Kids Corner, Wallet,... Read More
Important Apps
WARRANTY
Warranty Summary 1 year manufacturer warranty for Phone and 6 months warranty for in the box accessories

One last word

Nokia Lumia 630 should have introduced a year ago. The lame features it comes with along with no possibilities of getting the best from the new ones is really disappointing. latest Android series phones like Moto G and Moto E are already stood up first for a price revolution with amazing specs. May be the Microsoft have to learn more in handset manufacturing industry yet.
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The Best Educating Funny Lumia Apps for Your Kids

Technology has no age restriction to access in this era. Kids operate smart phones better than the older people these days. More over the mobile operating systems support a lot of apps that are quite really useful for the growth of your child's intelligence. 

Windows Phone OS is one of such platforms that had a lot of kid apps available for free download and access. Nokia, Acer and some other manufacturers make mobile phones with Windows Phone OS. Of them all, Nokia, after being taken by Microsoft has dedicated to make Windows Phone handsets with the name series 'Lumia'.

Proving it wrong that the Lumia devices has very less stock of apps to download from the windows app store, Microsoft has made available lot of apps for all kinds of people. Mostly the kids apps that are made available in the store are really worth installing. They teach, entertain and bring fun to kids while playing with them. I have sorted out some best Lumia apps for your kids and here are they:

1. Origami App


This application was developed by a caring father for his daughter. One day he noticed her daughter showing interest in origami and he started developing the app collecting stuff from internet.

Download Size: 6MB

Compatible with: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 7.5

Download Origami

2. Real Talking Pets


Is talking Talking Tom your kid's favorite app of all? This app will make them forget Tom and memorize your Snoopy. Real Talking Pets app features you to take a picture of your own pet, identify its eyes & mouth and start talking to it. It will repeat what you said just like Talking Tom application. But believe me your kid would excite to see your pet talking back to him/her.

Download Size: 1MB

Compatible with: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 7.5

Download Real Talking Pets

3. Disney Princess Paint


Who don't love painting! I used to paint all my old text books when I'm in kindergarten. Your little princess would love to paint these Disney's princesses and I bet on it.

Download Size: 7MB

Compatible with: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 7.5

Download Disney Princess Paint

4. Kids Dot Connect


Remember this? We used to do this connecting dots and make a picture from child columns in the news paper. Everything is digitized now. It is available in the form of Kids Dot Connect app now.

Download Size: 5MB

Compatible with: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 7.5

Download Kids Dot Connect

5. Bed Time Stories


Kids love bed time stories. Parents would run out of stories often. Daily work tensions won't bring you peaceful time to recollect a story and tell your children. This app is indirectly intended for your children and directly intended for parents. You no need to worry about running out of stories if you install this application on your Lumia device.

Download Size: 13MB

Compatible with: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 7.5

Download Bedtime Stories

6. Phonic Reader


This app teaches your kids how to spell and pronounce a word in English. This app consists of 119 flash cards with each different sound and work in it. Kids find fun and learn along.

Download Size: 13MB

Compatible with: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8

Download Phonic Reader

My little nephew and niece are little inspiration for me in this quest of best educating-funny apps. I hope you got some little angel(s) on your mind right now. Download and install some kids apps and see them learning with fun. :-)

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Top 5 Free Apps to Create & Send Beautiful Greetings for this Valentine's Day

Love is in the air. Valentine's week has already started and it takes no time to hit Valentine's day. The people in love might be struggling to find a way to wish their valentine on that very important day which decides their future relationship. A wrong unfair wish might get you in trouble. So as to help you find a way to impress, I've come up with some sack of apps for this valentine's day for your smart phone that can be used to create and send beautiful greetings to your love. Check'em out.

1. Valentine's Day Frames


If your are opting for picture greetings, you better choose this application. This app is developed by Android Pixels team which is so good in creating framing applications. Valentine's Day Frames is an photo frame application with 25 unique love photo frames and 10 special image effects. Creating a greeting of your photograph with this application would surely impress your love. This app is available for Android only. There available similar applications for Windows phone and IOS

Download for Android
 

2. Love Quotes


Skoll Labs LLC team is great at creating 'bunch-of-things' apps. Among the all, Love Quotes is the best application that is mostly downloaded app. This application contains a base of different categories of love quotes. The categories of quotes include Cute, Funny, Flirt, Sexy, Girly, Romance, Poems, Sayings, Hearts, Flowers, Valentines Day. It cycle through these daily pictures as Wallpapers and Backgrounds from your gallery. Get your phone some Quote wallpapers. Share them to your love and tell me if he/she is not impressed. This app is available in Android and IOS. There is no Windows Phone version of this application.

Download for Android
Download for IOS

3. 101 Romantic Ideas


Have you ran out of romantic ideas? Still can't figure out how to impress your love? don't worry smartphones comes with romantic ideas now-a-days. 101 Romantic Ideas is an wonderful application created by Quality MRRs Ltd. and this helps to bring 'that' essence for your valentine's day. This app is an all-rounder. It is helpful to those who are in first love, who eventually miss the flavor of it getting busy in work and for those who are at cutting edge of the relationship.

Download for Android
Download for IOS
Download for Windows Phone

4. Love Messages


Romantic messages is an SMS application that contains the best flirty, poetic quotes that can impress your love for this valentine's day. This app was created to be downloaded for free.

Download for Android
Download for Windows Phone

5. Love Calculator


Calculate your love percentage and find more ways to strengthen your relationship. Don't take the test results seriously, it's just a fun application that runs with some algorithms coded. After all there is no such tool available in the world that can calculate love.


Have I missed some other top apps? What do you think of these top 5 apps for this valentine's day? Comment below!

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Mobile Application Marketing Tips To Elevate Your Business

App development is a constantly growing industry that, even though already densely populated, always has room for stars on the rise. It is this huge number of people already working on the development of smartphone apps that usually acts as a deterrent to those also thinking about pursuing the same career. Quite simply, people are afraid that they will never get enough exposure in such a crowded market and they give up before even trying. If, however, you are not scarred of a little competition, you’ll be glad to know that there are things that you can do to help you distinguish yourself from your competitors and attract quite a bit of attention from consumers.

First of all, you should know that in this industry, app marketing strategy planning happens pretty much at the same time as the development of the app itself. In order to determine which features your app should poses and what criteria it needs to satisfy, you’ll have to do an extensive research of your competitors and to gain a decent understanding for the customer demands. Both of these things,seeing what is currently offered and what you can do to present people with a new, original and useful product, as well as identifying your target demographics and their specific demands, will play an important role in the creation of your marketing strategy. If you manage to create a uniquely useful product, you’re marketing will practically take care of itself.
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This also means that you can start creating hype among the potentially interested consumers as soon as you’ve determined who they are. Issuing updates and keeping the public informed can go a long way towards building up expectations and ensuring a rise of interest in your app. Alternatively, you could keep quiet until the app is completely finished, and hope to increase the impact that the features of your app will have on people after the launch. Deciding on one of these two approaches will depend both on your target demographics as well as on the type of the app you are making and the solutions that you have included in the app.

Naturally, having a website focused around the app could help you immensely, especially if you manage to make it informative and extensive enough to support its own steady reader base. This is to say that it doesn’t have to be only about the app itself, but can offer different materials that people in your target demographics find interesting or useful.

Engagement on social networks is pretty much already a given in any marketing discussion, and naturally, app development is not an exception. Keeping people notified on everything that is new with your app or company is just a fragment of your responsibilities, though. If you want to gain any real attention you have to offer something that people will find engaging. This is where you really get to be creative with your approach. Finding something interesting about your app shouldn’t be a problem for you, so feel free to make a video or post about it that you can easily share with people who are considered influencers in your niche.

Finally, make sure that your customers are satisfied and that you are offering a top notch product – word of mouth and positive reviews are as important as ever.

Author Bio:

Samuel is a writer and blogger for Mobile shop.,Currently exploring everything related to technology.
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6 Tips to Create Great Mobile Web Design

It’s not a little known fact that mobile and web design have not just developed greatly, but have also blended well. Now a website design is incomplete without having a customized mobile web design in place. They both go hand in hand. In order to develop a solid, visually appealing and futuristic mobile web design, there are a range of options in between and aspects to take care of. Here are 6 ultimate tips on what to keep into account when defining your mobile strategy and designing for mobile.

6 Tips to Create Great Mobile Web Design

1. The mobile and web development industry is growing at a rapid pace

Web design companies are struggling to keep up with this pace and find it difficult to upgrade their creations every other month or year, as and when mobile advancements happen, or when people change their preferences. To be able to remain parallel to this change, companies need to be futuristic in their approach. As much possible they need to develop something which can be upgraded after few years rather than a complete redesign. For this, companies need to list their primary requirements, challenges and solutions. Once immediate needs are in place, one can alter the strategy around those requirements. Being futuristic will help companies to match the increasing development.

2. Be updated about new technologies and what are the expected trends

Knowing what device is more popular amongst the users, and from which device or region does majority of traction comes in, will help a web design company to work in a specific direction. It helps to plan a strategy according to what the user is expecting. For this, a strong research and analysis team is required. This team should be able to analyse and report about user behaviour. Moreover, they should be able to come up with constructive steps that should be considered while developing websites for mobile viewing. Go one step further by also analysing whether majority users have a speedy internet connection or not. It will be beneficial if the website aims at collecting data. You wouldn’t want the user to refill data repeatedly because the website takes too much bandwidth, than what their connection can give.

3. There are two perspectives to look at mobile design

One being that people are in a hurry and want everything quick and crisp on their mobile. Second being that people are on mobile majority times when they have a lot of time to kill. In both perspectives, to a large extent, companies are right. So what’s the middle path? Keep the content crisp, loading time fast and less scrolling and navigation. In either perspectives, these things will never backfire for any company. There are a range of misconceptions regarding mobile website usage that can lead to misleading design decisions.

4. Try to avoid building separate mobile sites

Continuity is always preferred by any user. Additionally, to make a separate mobile site will be time consuming as well as an added cost. During times of upgrade, it would be laborious to update two different websites of the same company. A web design company should always suggest this to their clients.

6. You can always optimize your design and codes keeping the same content in place

It’s how you play with designs and presentation that will enhance the impact of the content placed. Test this thoroughly before rolling it out. Not just on different devices, but test it through different people. Don’t consider all perspectives that you receive; choose the important and good ones to execute. Use it optimally since mobile is a great platform where features can be tailored to create a great experience and connect with the user, which a desktop might not be able to achieve.

Author Bio:

Stan Joe runs a successful web design company in the states. He believes that the best recall value can be established only through electronic media and that made him drive to discover many hidden gems of the web industry. He also lectures at many universities about power of electronic media.
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Nokia Lumia 1520 vs. Lumia 1020 Comparative Review

Nokia’s new to family device, the big boss of all Lumia handsets, Lumia 1520 enters the market giving a tough competition to the redefined zoom edition Lumia 1020. It is hard to pick out one among these two windows devices. Though it is, I tried to draw a contrast line between these devices so that one among them can be easily selected according to your needs.

 

Nokia Lumia 1520 vs. Lumia 1020 Comparative Review

Quick Review

 

Nokia Lumia 1520

Nokia Lumia 1020 

 

Design Size: 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm
Weight: 209 g
Body: Plastic
Buttons: Back
Size: 71.4 x 130.4 x 10.4 mm
Weight: 158 g
Body: Plastic
Buttons: Home, Volume, Back, Multitask, Camera
Processor

-Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
-2.2 GHz, ARM Krait 400
-Qualcomm Adreno 330

-Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus (MSM8960)
-2.2 GHz, ARM Krait 400

-Qualcomm Adreno 225

RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Display -6’’
-1920 x 1080 (367 ppi)
-IPS LCD
-Gorilla Glass 2
-1080p (Micro USB)
-4.5’’
-1280 x 768 (331 ppi)
-AMOLED (PenTile RGBG)
-Gorilla Glass 3
-1080p
Camera -20 MP (5650 x 3540)
-f/2.4, 26 mm (162.5 mm equiv.) lens
-1/2.5" (5.76 mm × 4.29 mm) sensor
-Dual LED
-Autofocus
-Image stabilization
-Panorama
-Continuous shooting
-41.5 MP (7728 x 5368)
-f/2.2, 26 mm (106.4 mm equiv.) lens
-2/3" (8.8 mm × 6.6 mm) sensor
-Xenon
-Autofocus
-Optical stabilization
-Panorama
-30
-Continuous shooting at 30fps
Secondary Camera 1.19 MP 1.23 MP
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Supported Formats
  1. MP4 DivX
  2. WMV H.264/MPEG-4 AVC
MP4 H.264/MPEG-4 AVC
Maximum Bitrate

-

50Mbps
Music
3.5mm headphones
-Stereo speakers
-3.5mm headphones
-FM Radio
Software -Windows Phone 8
-Upgradable to Windows Phone 8.1
Windows Phone 8
Memory 32 GB Internal storage
SD card supported
32 GB Internal storage
SIM Nano SIM Micro SIM
Network 4G, LTE (100 Mb/s) 4G, LTE (20 Mb/s)
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n (Hotspot) 802.11a/b/g/n (Hotspot)
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0
GPS A-GPS, GLONASS A-GPS, GLONASS
Sensors Gyroscope
Accelerometer
Light sensor
Proximity sensor
Compass
Gyroscope
Accelerometer
Light sensor
Proximity sensor
Compass
Barometer

 

Lumia 1520 is slightly heaver than the 1020. Extra 50g is not an issue with the 6’’ inch phones.

 

Comparable Features:

Camera

Lumia_1520_1020_camera

 

1020 has powerful camera allowing users to use it as a DSLR sometimes. The camera of 1020 dominates 1520 in every aspect. With redefined zoom feature Lumia 1020 has ability to beat any camera phone on the planet.

 

Regarding camera Lumia 1020 is the winner.

 

Screen

lumia-1520-screen

1520 comes with much bigger screen of 6’’ inch size and 367ppi which is more sharper than the 1020’s 331ppi.  The display is made out with IPS LCD screen making blacks much darker than the AMOLED screens. So regarding the screen and display 1520 wins the race but practically 6’’ screen isn’t necessary for non-business people. You must make up your mind before rating the screen of these both devices.

 

SIM

Nokia Lumia 1520 is upgraded to next level in SIM card technologies. It allows single Nano SIM card which is a benchmark update to the lumia devices in the market where as Lumia 1020 supports single Micro SIM only.

 

Size of the SIM doesn’t matter until it is specified its network. So, cannot decide the winner in this case.

 

Music

nokia-lumia-1520-music

Lumia 1020 has stereo speaker for clear loud music and 3.5 mm headphones jack to listen in private. 1520 lacks FM radio where as  1020 still have it and also lumia 1520 have only 3.5 mm jack which is normal in this case. 1020 knocks out 1520 in music comparison.

 

Sensors

The same sensors that existed in lumia 1020 found in 1520 but one. Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Compass are continued in 1520 except Barometer sensor.

 

Price

Price of Nokia Lumia 1520 is Rs. 45,999 and Nokia Lumia 1020 is Rs.46,999.

 

Conclusion

Both lumia big bosses are good and adorable. If you wanted a camera cum smart phone better to choose Lumia 1020. If you wanted a high power business phone that’s fits in your coat pocket, Lumia 1520 is the answer. That doesn’t mean 1520’s camera is bad but when comparing with the 1020 it lags a little to its price.

 

* Prices of these devices may go up & down in future. The prices specified above are the prices listed in online stores at the time of writing this article. So readers notice is anticipated.

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The Best Budget Deals on Mobile Phones for 2014

This new year is going to bring a great deals on mobile phones along with the new hopes, joy and happiness. Being the third in the top ten tech trends of the year 2013, Flipkart is offering the best and genuine deals on the mobile phones for 2014. Here are those for you.

Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 520 Best Deals
Features
  • Windows Phone 8 OS
  • 5 MP Primary Camera
  • 4-inch Touchscreen
  • 1 GHZ Processor
Original Price: Rs.8,999 11% OFF
Best Price: Rs.7,207

Karbonn Titanium S2

Karbonn Titanium S2
Features
  • Android v4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 5-inch TFT Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB
  • Dual Standby SIM (GSM + GSM)
  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor
  • 8 MP Primary Camera
  • 2 MP Secondary Camera
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
Original Price: Rs.7,999 10% OFF
Best Price: Rs.7,199

Nokia Lumia 720

Nokia Lumia 720 Best Price
Features
  • Fast Connectivity with the 3G and Wi-fi Capability
  • Slim Unibody Design
  • Live Tiles to get Instant Updates
  • 4.29-inch Capacitive Touchscreen
  • 1 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor
  • HERE Maps with LiveSight
  • HD Front-facing Camera with a Wide-angle Lens
  • Powered by Windows 8 OS
Best Price: Rs.16,650

Micromax Canvas HD A116i

Micromax Canvas HD A116i Best Price
Features
  • HD Recording
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • 2 MP Secondary Camera
  • 5-inch LCD Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Android v4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB
  • 8 MP Primary Camera
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)
Original Price: Rs.17,499 29% OFF
Best Price: Rs.12,310

Sony Xperia M

Sony Xperia M Best Price
Features
  • Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 4-inch Hi-quality Display for Immersive Entertainment
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual Core Processor
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB
  • 0.3 MP Secondary Camera
  • One-touch Functions with NFC
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • 5 MP Primary Camera
  • Battery STAMINA Mode for Outstanding Battery Life
  • Great Entertainment Contents Offering through Sony Unique Application
Original Price: Rs.14,999
Best Price: Rs.11,325

Samsung Galaxy Young S6312

Samsung Galaxy Young S6312
Features
  • 1 GHz Cortex-A5 Processor
  • 3.2-inch TFT Capacitive Touchscreen
  • 3 MP Primary Camera
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Dual Standby SIM (GSM + GSM)
  • Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • FM Radio with Recording
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB
Original Price: Rs. 8,660 6% OFF
Best Price: Rs. 8,090

There available a lot of offers on different gadgets on Flipkart. Hope this new year bring you some new budget gadgets home. Offers on various credit and debit cards avail in this online store with 10% OFF along with the gadget’s OFF price.
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Dhoom 3 Official Game Released | Download available for Android, Windows & IOS devices

The era to play Indian cinema in action on our devices has begun. The game releases of the Gajini, Jalsa(Tollywood) and recent science fiction super hero movie Krishh 3 were a success in the mobile apps market. This shows the marketing strategies of Indian cinema moving into next level. And now its DOOM 3’s time to get into next level.

 

Dhoom 3 Official Game Released | Download available for Android, Windows & IOS devices

 

99Games has taken a step forward in releasing this game. This game is available for the mostly used operating systems Android, IOS and Windows phone OS.

 

Game Description

THE OFFICIAL GAME FOR THE MOST AWAITED MOVIE OF THE YEAR 2013 - DHOOM:3 BY YASH RAJ FILMS PVT. LTD.

 

GET SET TO DHOOM THIS YEAR WITH DHOOM:3 THE GAME

 

For all the fans of Dhoom franchise, here is the first in the series, action packed, thriller Dhoom:3 The Game. Don the cape of the Dhoom:3 movie anti-hero and zoom through the streets of Chicago on your Super Bike as you evade ACP Jai Dixit, Ali and the Cops. With simple Tilt and Tap controls, enjoy hours of fun filled action in this 3D endless racing game.

 

The Cops are out in full force & there's just one way out! Ride hard and fast through the streets on your Super Bike battling heavy traffic, cops, pursuit helicopters and more! Use the Nitro power-up to reach extreme speeds and leave everybody in your trail! Trouble ahead? Blow away everything in your path with the Sonic Pulse & keep the Chase up!

 

DHOOM:3 THE GAME Features:


1. State-of-the-Art Graphics for an awesome gameplay experience on Android Smartphones and Tablets!
2. Responsive Accelerometer and Tap Controls to steer you to victory!
3. Collect Coins In-Game and use them to buy cool bikes, racing suits and Power-Ups!
4. Hit extreme speed with Nitro boosts, clear your way with powerful Sonic blasts and become invincible with Shields.
5. Race up the Leaderboards and show everyone you are the master of your destiny!

 

See more features at 99Games

 

This is the Official Game for all the fans of Dhoom Franchise i.e Dhoom, Dhoom 2 and Dhoom 3 !

 

Game Screenshots

Dhoom 3 Official Game Released

Dhoom Machale with Dhoom:3 The Game

Dhoom 3 Official Game Screenshot

Dhoom 3 Official Game screenshot 2

 

Download

Download DHOOM 3 for Android

Download DHOOM 3 for Windows Phone

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Download Torrents on your Mobile Phone | All Smart Phones are Compatible

So far we know how to download torrents on the computer. But now I’m going to show you how to download torrents even from a old age smart phone. All you need to have is internet connection to your phone and a mobile web browser(not the browser that comes by default with your phone when bought). I recommend you to have UC Web browser, a very good web browser for any kind of smart phone.

 

If you are sure about the above two must-have things, you can proceed to the downloading method.

 

download torrents on java

 

Downloading Torrents on Mobile

Step 1: Download the torrent file into your phone or just copy the URL of magnet link to the clipboard. To do this you may go to any torrent websites that are available on the internet.

Step 2: Now go to zbigz.com and upload your torrent file or paste the magnet link URL in the textbox seen there.

 

Download Torrents on your Mobile Phone

 

Step 3: Click on the ‘Go!’ button to start uploading your torrent file in to their server or to let the zbigz server connect to the magnet link given.

 

After it’s done, you will be able to see the download option. Click on it to start downloading. UC browser starts downloading the file.

 

UC browser allows you to pause and restart your downloads on your device.

 

This method would be much helpful to old school Java smart phones because there are a million of torrent download apps are available for now-a-day mobile phones operating systems.

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